All the weight loss terms can get your head spinning. Everyone talks about them, but how many know what they are saying? Let’s set the record straight by defining the most common weight loss terms and how they affect you.

Calories

The technical definition of a ‘calorie’ is that it is a unit of measurement for the amount of energy that is released from food upon oxidation by the body. A food has a certain number of calories in it and your body will break it down and use it as energy to fuel your body. Taking in more calories than your body uses will result in the excess being stored somewhere on your body.

Fat

The term ‘fat’ is thrown around quite often in many ways. The word means different things to different people, and usually bad. But everyone needs fat in their diet. Fats helps nutrient absorption and are among the building blocks of cell structure. But when consumed in excess amount, fats contribute to weight gain. However, there are differences between fats. Some are good and affect your health in a positive manner, and others are bad and are detrimental. You need to replace the bad fats with good fats.

Monounsaturated Fats
This type of fat lowers total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Can be found in various types of nuts including almonds, walnuts, peanuts and pistachios. Also, can be found in canola and olive oil. This type of fat aids in the weight loss process.

Polyunsaturated Fats
These fats also lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Seafood like salmon and fish oil, as well as corn, soy, sunflower oils are high in these fats. Omega 3 fatty acids belong to this group.

Saturated Fats
Saturated fats are mainly found in animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs and seafood. Too much of this fat is bad for you and raises your cholesterol and makes you gain weight quicker. Cut some of these fats out of your diet if you want to lose weight.

Trans Fats
Trans fat is an invention of scientists to withstand better in food production and provide a better shelf life. Trans fatty acids are found in many packaged foods, commercially fried food, and other packaged snacks. They have almost no nutritional value and should be cut out of your diet if you want to lose weight.

Carbohydrates
Carbs are a component of food that supplies calories to the body. One of the 3 ‘macro-nutrients’ along with proteins and fats. The three categories of carbohydrates are sugars, starches, and fiber.

Metabolism
Your metabolism is the number of calories that your body burns as fuel to maintain itself. Whether you are eating, sleeping, moving, etc… your body is constantly burning calories to keep you going.

Protein

One of the 3 ‘macro-nutrients’ along with carbohydrates and fats. Proteins are what form the major components of muscles, tendons, skin, hair, blood vessels, and cores of bones and teeth. They help you grow, heal wounds, and make up collagen – the tissue that gives your body its shape. Other proteins, called enzymes, help generate energy in your body.

Cholesterol
A fat-like substance that is made by the body and is found naturally in animal foods such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy.

Final Thoughts

Use this page as a reference source whenever you have a question about a weight loss term. Terms get thrown around and most people really don’t understand why they are hearing. A proper understanding of these terms will help put the pieces together and give you a good start on understanding the weight loss process.